Story by: Jack Foley
MEL Gibsons The Passion of the Christ continues to sweep
all before it, having returned to the top of the American box
office, over the Easter weekend.
The controversial epic, which has broken a record in almost every
country that it has opened in to date, sold a colossal $17.1 million
(£9.3m) worth of tickets across north America in the three
days, beginning from Good Friday, taking its total gross to $354.9
million, and making it the eighth-highest grossing movie of all
time in the States.
The Passions success came at the cost of Disneys
The Alamo, which recorded
just $9.2 million at the box office, despite costing in excess
of $100 million to make.
The Alamo was expected to have been a big boost to Disney, being
billed as an old-fashioned epic, but its failure has placed fresh
strain on the company, with bosses at a loss to explain its under-performance.
It failed to beat even Hellboy,
which fell from number one to two, coming in at number three at
the box office, and vying for that position with family comedy,
Johnson Family Vacation.